DE60226087T2 - A vehicle body structure, vehicle having such a structure, method of attaching a steering column to the vehicle body, and vehicle manufactured by such a fastening method - Google Patents

A vehicle body structure, vehicle having such a structure, method of attaching a steering column to the vehicle body, and vehicle manufactured by such a fastening method

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DE60226087T2
DE60226087T2 DE2002626087 DE60226087T DE60226087T2 DE 60226087 T2 DE60226087 T2 DE 60226087T2 DE 2002626087 DE2002626087 DE 2002626087 DE 60226087 T DE60226087 T DE 60226087T DE 60226087 T2 DE60226087 T2 DE 60226087T2
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column
mounting bracket
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steering column
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Hikaru Sunohara
Akira Takano
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Subaru Corp
Subaru Corp
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Fuji Jukogyo KK
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B62LAND VEHICLES FOR TRAVELLING OTHERWISE THAN ON RAILS
    • B62DMOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS
    • B62D1/00Steering controls, i.e. means for initiating a change of direction of the vehicle
    • B62D1/02Steering controls, i.e. means for initiating a change of direction of the vehicle vehicle-mounted
    • B62D1/16Steering columns

Description

  • The The present invention relates to a vehicle body structure, in which a column mounting bracket or a column mounting bracket for mounting a longitudinal column in one Instrument panel on a vehicle with the body structure according to the preamble of claim 1 is arranged.
  • The US-A-5-813288 relates to a termination collar for use in connection with the longitudinal pillar of a motor vehicle. The collar is made of a flexible elastomeric material and is in the form of a transversely split ring body and is U-shaped in cross-section to form an annular radially inner wall with ends adjacent the gap and an annular radially outer wall adjacent the gap Provide ends.
  • The JP-A-2000-052814 relates to a mounting structure of a pillar hole cover, which does not easily dislodge even when a tension is applied in the insertion and against the insertion directions of a clip and a pawl and can support a holding force of the clip.
  • As it is for example in JP-A-6-247322 is disclosed, a longitudinal column is mounted on a vehicle body via a steering column mounting bracket, which is fastened to a Lenkstützholm be. In this case, a column holder is fixed to the column mounting bracket with screw members or the like, and the longitudinal column is mounted to the vehicle body while being held by the column holder.
  • in the Generally, an instrument panel is considered a large one-piece Element formed. For this reason, it is when the steering column at the Vehicle body is already attached before the instrument panel is mounted, difficult, the instrument panel in a vehicle cabin because of the long steering column mounted in the vehicle cab. It is also difficult to use the instrument panel on the vehicle body to assemble in such a condition.
  • As a result, In a normal vehicle body assembly process, the steering column is after the Installation of the instrument panel complained. In such a case is in the lower section of the instrument panel, a work opening opened and a mechanic assembles the steering column while observing the interior the instrument panel through the work opening.
  • however takes when the mechanic uses the steering column in the above Assembled way, the working efficiency, and the mechanic becomes heavily loaded. Furthermore, since the mechanic may be during the Attachment process an unnatural Position occupy deteriorate the mounting accuracy of the steering column.
  • The the present invention has been made in light of the above circumstances, and an object of the invention is to provide a vehicle body structure, which improves the assembly efficiency and the accuracy of the assembly the steering column can improve, and having this vehicle body structure Vehicle to provide.
  • These The object is achieved with the features of the claims.
  • To achieve the above object, according to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a vehicle body structure including:
    an instrument panel extending in the width direction of a vehicle body and vertically divided into an upper panel and a lower panel, which are individually mounted in the vehicle body; a column mounting bracket secured within the instrument panel to the vehicle body; and a steering column mounted to the vehicle body with the steering column mounting bracket therebetween.
  • Further Objects, features and advantages of the present invention from the description below of the preferred embodiments with reference to the accompanying drawings seen.
  • In the drawings is:
  • 1 a sectional view illustrating the adjacent to a steering column main part of an instrument panel.
  • 2 an exploded perspective view of a steering column mounting bracket and a column holder;
  • 3 an exploded perspective view of the instrument panel;
  • 4 an explanation view for a state in which the column holder is attached; and
  • 5 an explanation view for a state in which the column holder is released.
  • A embodiment The present invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings described.
  • According to 1 extends inside an instrument panel 1 a vehicle body, which forms a vehicle, a steering support spar 5 in the width direction of the vehicle body and is fixed to the vehicle body.
  • A column mounting bracket or column mounting bracket 6 is on the steering support spar 5 secured by welding or by some other means such that the bracket or bracket from the steering support spar 5 offset to the right side of the vehicle body. A pillar holder 7 is on the column mounting bracket 6 with a pair of fasteners 9 attached. A steering column 8th is between the column mounting bracket 6 and the column holder 7 recorded.
  • As shown in 3 the instrument panel extends 1 along the width of the vehicle body and is vertical in a top panel 10 and a lower panel 11 divided. The upper and lower panels 10 and 11 are individually mounted to the vehicle body. In this case, the upper panel 10 and the lower panel 11 vertically at least adjacent to the steering column mounting bracket 6 separated on the side of the driver's seat.
  • A work opening 111 is in the lower part of the lower panel 11 as shown in 1 educated. Inside the instrument panel 1 lies the pillar holder 7 the top of the work opening 111 across from. A lid 12 closes the work opening 111 ,
  • As shown in 2 consists of the column mounting bracket 6 from a rectangular plate and has first screw holes adjacent to both sides 15 formed like a slit extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body. The first screw holes 15 can be formed by a U-shaped groove, which at the rear end of the column mounting bracket 6 is open.
  • The column holder 7 contains a holding section 20 in a U-shape along the outer circumference of the steering column 8th curved, and flange sections 21 at both ends of the holding section 20 are formed.
  • The flange sections 21 are shaped to fit with the back surface of the column mounting bracket 6 can be in contact. The flange openings 21 have second screw holes 23 on, corresponding to the first screw holes 15 are formed. The second screw holes 23 are formed as a U-shaped groove extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle body, and are at the rear ends of the flange portions 21 open. At the rear ends of the flange sections 21 are holding claws 24 for holding on to the column mounting bracket 6 educated.
  • The fasteners 9 can work independently in the screw holes 15 the column mounting bracket 6 and in the second screw holes 23 of the column holder 7 be attached.
  • In particular, each fastener 9 a screw element 30 on. The screw element 30 has one through the first screw hole 15 through leading to first male threaded portion 301 one through the second screw hole 23 through leading to the second male threaded portion 302 and a flange portion 303 on, in one piece with the respective base of the first and second externally threaded portion 301 and 302 is trained.
  • The fastener 9 also has a first nut member 32 on. By screwing on the first nut element 32 on the first external thread section 301 wherein the first male threaded portion 301 through the first screw hole 15 is guided, the screw element 30 on the column mounting bracket 6 (please refer 5 ) attached. That is, the pillar mounting member 6 is between the first nut element 32 and the flange portion 303 clamped, and the screw member 30 This will cause the column mounting bracket 6 attached.
  • The fastener 9 also has a second nut element 33 on. By screwing on the second nut element 3 on the second male threaded portion 303 wherein the second male threaded portion 302 through the second screw hole 23 is guided, the screw element 30 on the column holder 7 (please refer 4 ) attached. That is, the flange portion 21 is between the second screw element 33 and the flange portion 303 clamped, and the screw member 30 is thereby on the column holder 7 attached. The screw element 30 is at a step section 211 fixed in the flange section 21 is formed, so that the flange portion 21 and the flange portion 303 flush with each other.
  • Now, an assembly procedure of the above-described components in a vehicle body mounting line or the like will be described. When the steering column 8th on the column mounting bracket 6 First, a mechanic first firmly mounts the lower panel to the vehicle body.
  • Then the mechanic attaches the column holder 7 with the fasteners 9 at the column mounting bracket 6 , The steering column 8th This is done by the column mounting bracket 6 recorded.
  • If the attachment of the steering column 8th on the column mounting bracket 6 is completed, the mechanic mounted the upper panel 10 on the vehicle body.
  • In particular, the steering column 8th on the column mounting bracket 6 attached by the following procedure:
    The mechanic first fixes as shown in 4 the screw elements 30 at the flange sections 21 of the column holder 7 , That is, the mechanic performs the second male threaded sections 302 through the second screw holes 23 and secures the second nut members 33 on the second male threaded sections 302 , The process of attaching the screw members to the column holder 7 is performed, for example, outside the vehicle to improve the work efficiency.
  • Then the mechanic temporarily connects the column holder 7 with the column mounting bracket 6 , That is, the mechanic performs the first male threaded sections 301 through the first screw holes 15 with the in the holder portion 20 firmly held steering column 8th and holds the holding claws 24 on the column mounting bracket 6 ,
  • The mechanic then fastens the screw elements 30 on the column mounting bracket 6 , That is, the mechanic positions the column holder 7 in relation to the column mounting bracket 6 and then screw the first nut elements 32 on the first external thread sections 301 ,
  • By means of the above procedure, the column holder becomes 7 on the column mounting bracket 6 and the steering column 8th on the column mounting bracket 6 attached.
  • The process of temporary attachment of the column holder 7 on the column mounting bracket 6 and the process of unscrewing the first nut members 32 on the first external thread sections 301 is from the top of the lower panel 11 performed to improve the work efficiency.
  • During the repair of the vehicle, in other cases, the steering column 8th in the vehicle body, for example, by the following procedure:
    The mechanic first removes the lid 12 from the lower panel 11 so as to open the work 111 to open.
  • Then the mechanic screws the second nuts 33 from the second male threaded sections 302 through the work opening 111 (please refer 5 ). Then the mechanic moves the column holder 7 forward and backward along the second screw holes 23 , releases the column mounting bracket 6 from the retaining claws 24 and removes the second male threaded portions 302 from the second screw holes 23 ,
  • In this way, the steering column 8th be removed without separation of the upper panel of the vehicle body.
  • Reverses can during the repair of the vehicle or in other cases, the removed steering column 8th on the column mounting bracket 6 through the work opening 111 through without separation of the upper panel 10 are fastened to the vehicle body by a procedure reverse to the above disassembling operation.
  • If the upper panel 10 must be disconnected from the vehicle body during repair or in other cases, the steering column 8th also be removed and attached by unscrewing and screwing the first nut members of the or on the first male threaded portions 301 from the top of the lower panel 11 is carried out from.
  • In the above-described embodiment, the instrument panel extends in the width direction of the vehicle body and is vertically in the upper panel 10 and the lower panel 11 divided. When the steering column 8th on the column mounting bracket 6 is mounted in the vehicle body assembly line or the like, the lower panel 11 mounted on the vehicle body, the steering column 8th from above the lower panel 11 mounted and the upper panel 10 then mounted to the vehicle body. Therefore, the mechanic does not have to take an unnatural posture during the attachment process and this improves the work efficiency.
  • In this case, since the big instrument panel 1 in the upper panel 10 and lower panel 11 is divided, the upper panel 10 easily inserted into the cabin and on the vehicle body itself after the mounting of the steering column 8th to be assembled.
  • The above-described improvement in work efficiency increases the mounting accuracy of the steering column 8th ,
  • When the steering column 8th at the column mounting bracket 6 with the column holder 7 mounted between them, the screw elements 30 for securing the column mounting bracket 6 and of column holder 7 independent of the column mounting bracket 6 and the column holder 7 be tightened. This improves the mounting efficiency of the steering column 8th , That means that, since the column holder 7 on the column mounting bracket 6 both the top of the column mounting bracket 6 as well as from the bottom of the column holder 7 can be attached or detached, the working efficiency is improved.
  • In particular, on the vehicle body assembly line or the like, the operations of installing or removing the steering column 8th from the top of the lower panel 11 carried out by the first parent elements 32 on and from the first external thread sections 301 be screwed or unscrewed in a state in which the screw elements 30 on the column holder 7 are attached. Therefore, the operations are easily performed. In other words, since the steering column 8th from the top of the lower panel 11 is attached and detached by the first screw elements 32 on the column mounting bracket 6 screwed on and unscrewed, the working efficiency can be improved.
  • Conversely, during the repair of the vehicle or in other cases, the operations of attachment and release of the steering column 8th through the in the lower part of the lower panel 11 trained work opening 111 performed by the second nut elements 33 on or from the second male threaded sections 302 screwed and unscrewed in a state in which the nut elements 33 on the column mounting bracket 6 are attached. Therefore, the operations can be easily performed. In other words, since the steering column 8th without separation of the upper panel 10 after assembly of the vehicle is attached or detached by removing the second nut elements under the column holder 7 are placed, screwed or unscrewed, the working efficiency can be improved.
  • Because the first screw hole 15 and / or the second screw hole 23 is formed as a U-shaped groove, which is open at one end, the addition or release of the first male threaded portions 301 or the second male thread sections 302 through or out of the first screw holes 15 or the second screw holes 23 easily performed and the working efficiency when fixing the steering column 8th be improved.
  • Because the column holder 7 the holding claws 24 which is on the column mounting bracket 6 can be held, the column mounting bracket 6 and the column holder 7 temporarily held together before the fasteners 9 be attached. This can improve the working efficiency when attaching the steering column 8th improve.
  • Although the lower panel 11 , the steering column 8th and the top panel 10 are mounted on the vehicle body in this order in the embodiment described above, the present invention is not limited to this embodiment. For example, the top panel 10 , the steering column 8th and the lower panel 11 in that order, the steering column 8th , the upper panel 10 and the lower panel 11 in that order or the steering column 8th , the lower panel 11 and the top panel 10 be assembled in this order.

Claims (6)

  1. Vehicle body structure in which a steering column ( 8th ) on a vehicle body with a column mounting bracket ( 6 ) is mounted on the vehicle body via a steering support spar ( 5 ) within an instrument panel ( 1 ), the built-in instrument panel ( 1 ) extends along the width of the vehicle body and vertically into an upper panel ( 10 ) and a lower panel ( 11 ), which are individually mounted or dismounted on the vehicle body, characterized in that the steering column ( 8th ) can be mounted on or dismounted from the vehicle body - if only the upper panel ( 10 ) is mounted on the vehicle - or if only the lower panel ( 11 ) is mounted on the vehicle.
  2. A vehicle body structure according to claim 1, characterized in that it further comprises: a column holder ( 7 ) for holding the steering column; and a fastener ( 9 ), which independently on the column mounting bracket ( 6 ) or the column holder ( 7 ) is attached to the column holder ( 7 ) on the column mounting bracket ( 6 ) to fix and fix.
  3. Vehicle body structure according to claim 2, characterized in that the fastening element ( 9 ): a screw element ( 30 ) with a first external thread section ( 301 ) for passage through a in the column mounting bracket ( 6 ) formed first screw hole ( 15 ) and a second external thread section ( 302 ) for passing through a in the column holder ( 7 ) formed second screw hole ( 23 ), wherein the first external thread section ( 301 ) and the second male threaded portion ( 302 ) with a flange ( 303 ) are connected in between; a first nut element ( 32 ) to be screwed on the first external thread section ( 301 ); and a second nut element ( 33 ) for screwing on the second male threaded portion ( 302 ).
  4. Vehicle body structure according to claim 3, characterized in that the first screw hole ( 15 ) and / or the second screw hole ( 23 ) is formed as a U-shaped groove which is open at one end.
  5. Vehicle body structure according to one of Claims 2, 3 and 4, characterized in that the column holder ( 7 ) a holding claw ( 24 ) for holding on the column mounting bracket ( 6 ) having.
  6. Vehicle with the vehicle body structure after one of the claims 1 to 5.
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